G. Bingham Powell, Jr.

Marie C. Wilson and Joseph C. Wilson Professor of Political Science

University of Rochester




PhD, Stanford, 1968. Comparative politics, European politics. Managing Editor of the American Political Science Review, 1991-95. Co-author and co-editor of leading undergraduate comparative politics text, Comparative Politics Today, now in its 9th edition. His book Contemporary Democracies: Participation, Stability and Violence (Harvard, 1982) won the Woodrow Wilson Foundation Award for best book in political science in 1982. His latest book, Elections as Instruments of Democracy: Majoritarian and Proportional Visions (Yale, 2000), was co-winner of the 2002 Mattei Dogan Award for the year's best book in comparative politics. In 2011-2012 he was President of the American Political Science Association.





Teaching. Recipient of the 1999 University Award for Graduate Teaching and the 2009 Goergen Award for distinguished undergraduate teaching. Teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in the field of comparative politics. Courses.


Research. Current research examines problems of political representation in different electoral, party, and policymaking systems. Recent articles have appeared in Comparative Political Studies (2009,) Comparative Politics (2010) and Journal of Politics (forthcoming.)


Replication data set for : "Representation and Policy Responsiveness: The Median Voter, Election Rules and Redistributive Welfare Spending. Co-author: Shin-Goo Kang. Journal of Politics, Forthcoming.






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